National Convention Expected To Bring Close To $8 Million To Columbus

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Central Ohio officials made a major announcement Monday morning about an upcoming convention.

Franklin County Commissioners and Experience Columbus said the National Association of County Employees will hold their 2017 convention in Columbus.

Initial estimates predict the event could generate more than 9,000 hotel night stays at area hotels and have a total economic impact of $7.8 million in central Ohio, according to Experience Columbus.

“For a second tier city like Columbus to get this is a major coup,” said Paul Astleford of Experience Columbus.

Restaurant owner George Chaposky said that he is looking forward to the conference but needs a boost now, especially since the NHL All-Star Game has been canceled.

“What are you going to do? You have no control over it,” said Chaposky, who owns the new Brazilian steakhouse, Rodizio Grill.

WBNS-10TV will have more on the announcement at noon and later on